Agnes Varda, at Gemini.
Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images
On Monday morning, a new moon in Gemini offers a fresh start. But don’t expect one distinct path to present itself to you as the “right choice,” or one vision of the future to shine brighter than the rest. Rather, this new beginning is about a proliferation of possibilities. You don’t have to choose between them just yet — it’s enough to let them all bloom. Then, early Friday morning, Mercury retrograde ends at last, and some of the stress and confusion of the past three weeks now slowly subsides. If this period prompted you to reflect — to think about changing your job, your relationships, your life — that work can start in earnest. Finally, on Saturday evening, Saturn retrograde begins. Over the next four and a half months, you might be confronted with challenging lessons and difficult truths. But as harsh as Saturn retrograde can feel, it’s also fair. So if you’ve been working hard — whether at your job or on yourself — then you can expect your labor to bear fruit at last.
Some people build beautiful lives through thoughtful planning and careful consideration of their options. You, on the other hand, prefer to leave room for magic, for surprise. You’re happy to place your trust in fate, in the unpredictability of the universe, and your own sheer impulsive force of will. But lately, you’ve worried that none of your bold, courageous actions have amounted to much of anything, that they’ve all turned out to be false starts. But that’s not true. Even if they didn’t deliver the results you hoped for, they were useful practice, necessary steps in the right direction. This week, you’ll see: None of your efforts have been wasted.
More than most, you’re responsive to the needs of your body: eating well, granting yourself moments of rest, of comfort. But you forget, sometimes, that you need mental nourishment alongside the physical. Your inner life—your intellectual vitality, your curiosity, your sheer sense of wonder at how much there is to learn—needs to be cultivated, too. It’s easy to forget to tend to that part of yourself, but this week, it’s critical that you try. You’ll be amazed by how fulfilling it is to read, to dream, to ask questions. Your whole world will become brighter, more alive.
It’s a gift to be as curious and astute as you are. You understand complexity and abstraction, can hold competing ideas in your head at once, and embrace ambiguity without abandoning your search for truth. The only trouble is that you have a habit of getting lost in abstractions, of thinking so hard that you forget that you have a body, a heart, too. This week, let your mind soar and wander. Let it do what it does best. Just remember that you can enjoy physical pleasures, too.
There’s value in maintaining a sense of perspective. You’re aware that your own sorrows are not the greatest in the universe, your own heartbreak not more painful than what others have experienced. But that doesn’t make them insignificant. This week, allow yourself the time and space you need to heal, to grieve for what you’ve lost. It’s painful to be a person in this life, and just because others are experiencing suffering, that doesn’t mean yours should matter any less to you. The answer right now isn’t to suppress your own emotions, but to acknowledge that we all have our own grievance, and to help each other to bear it.
Much as it may frustrate you, you’re not going to solve any major problems on your own this week. You probably won’t be the hero, or experience moments of individual genius. Instead, you’ll get something better: the chance to think and discover in collaboration with others — to change them and, in turn, be changed. The loneliness that’s been plaguing you will subsidize, not because of some grand courageous action, but through the ordinary, everyday experience of connecting with people. Your world and your imagination will expand once more. The ones you love will activate parts of you that you’d never have discovered on your own.
Recently, you’ve worried that your gifts are going to waste — that your wisdom, your skills, your courage, are all being devoured by the long hours spent at work that pays the bills. There’s certainly nothing wrong with doing what you have to in order to stay afloat, but you know in your heart that you have more ideas, more love, more energy to offer. This week, try to keep up your faith that more is possible. Opportunities to live the kind of life you’ve dreamed about are coming, and you should be ready to say yes.
From where you stand, you’ve been struggling to see how our world could ever truly be repaired: the forces of violence are too powerful, the injustice runs too deep. But even if you’ve thought and fought and found no satisfying answers, no convincing reason for optimism, you have to keep going anyway. So this week, your task is to find something that will make moving forward more bearable. Maybe it’s art, maybe friendship, maybe just the stubborn thrill of refusing to back down. Eventually, you’ll see that all isn’t lost, for the simple reason that you’re still here, still going, still not defeated.
Honesty matters a great deal to you, even (maybe especially) in situations when most people would prefer a comforting lie. For you, false hope is worse than none at all. And so it’s easy for you to lose sight of the fact that you need and deserve some levity every now and then. This week, accept every opportunity to make your friends laugh, to walk outside and feel the sun on your skin, to simply delight in the beauty in the world. There’s plenty of time for seriousness and hard work, but occasionally you need a little fun to fortify you, to strengthen your heart.
Your life is meaningful, of course, but it doesn’t always feel that way to you. You worry that you’re missing out on some greater purpose, wasting your precious time here on earth. This week, though, pay attention and you’ll notice the magic, and the importance, of the everydayness of your life. All the little experiences you have, all the tiny moments of connection with others, are adding up to something beautiful and valuable. You don’t need to throw yourself into some grand drama, or begin on a quest across the globe. There’s meaning to be found right here, where you are. It’s just a matter of perspective.
These days, you feel guilty for just about everything: for working too much, or too little, or in the wrong ways. For your actions, your emotions, your personality itself. But getting through the day has been hard enough lately without you being this hard on yourself, too. You don’t believe it when your friends affirm that you’re doing your best. Your imagination is active enough that you can always come up with ways that you could be doing more, doing better. But this week, quiet that critical voice inside your head. Be gentle with yourself.
In such a vast and wondrous universe full of compelling people, places, and ideas, you hardly find it necessary to focus on your comparatively quiet interior life, your emotional needs. You prefer to direct your energies outward, and you can be magnanimous beyond measure with your attentions. Just remember, this week, as you treat others with open-minded, nonjudgmental curiosity, not to neglect yourself. It isn’t selfish or egotistical to take interest in your own inner world — your thoughts and feelings, your secrets, your wounds. All these are worthy of your notice and your generosity of spirit, too.
It’ll seem to you like everyone you encounter this week wants to tell you what to do. They all have an opinion on the right and wrong ways to be, to dream, to go about changing the world. Many of their ideas will be smart and useful, worth listening to. But you cannot live out every possibility, or join in every good fight. Not in a week, not even in a lifetime. You have to trust yourself to know the right course of action for you. Your own inner compass will not steer you wrong.
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